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I have noticed that most people posting on here are pre-surgery or are soon post-surgery. I thought I would tell you about my experience 2 years after surgery. I am so glad that I got the surgery, so please don't think these remarks are about regret. I would still have the surgery today because I had so much saggy skin.
However, you should not consider doing this surgery unless your arms are so disgusting that you WILL NOT show them in public. If your arms are that bad, then you may like the results. Prior to the surgery, my arms were so bad that I always covered them up in 3/4 length or long sleeves and the sleeves were always so tight and I would wear shirts that were too big so the arms would be larger.
After surgery, I must still wear 3/4 or long sleeves but at least my arms now fit properly in my correct size shirt. That was what I was looking for- my arms to fit inside of my shirts properly.
I have to still wear 3/4 sleeves because my scars are horrible. They are still quite pink (after 2 years) and they are quite wide. In some areas the scars are about 1 inch wide and in the better areas they are 3/4" wide. They extend throughout my armpit and down to my elbow. They are very noticeable so I am unwilling to wear short sleeve shirts.
However, my tummy tuck scar (that was done at the same time) is quite small and beautiful. It is almost really just a hairline width scar. The arm scars spread out significantly over time. When my surgery was new, they were not too bad- but now they are awful.
However, I don't regret the surgery at all. But I just wanted to share this possible outcome with you folks.
Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your experience. It is important for anybody considering the armlift to be prepared for scarring a lot less "attractive" than a tummy tuck.
I had some scar widening as well in my armpit, but was luck the rest stayed pretty compact. I am still pink at 6 months but have areas of white as well. I scar well overall, so I am still hoping they will turn white.
I understand what you mean about the clothing. I will never run around in a tank top with my arms in the air. I will always be careful when wearing short sleeves to keep my arms down....
Forum Moderator Summer 2011: ETT, armlift, thigh lift, BL/BAand a few revisions along the way..... A worthwhile journey takes time! Patience and humor are required.
Hi - I just passed the 1 year mark for tummy tuck and arm lift. I had trouble with infections in both areas and had revisions on both scars under the arms and part of the tummy scar.
The armpit scars I had revised because they widened and putting on deodorant or drying with a towel hurt and could even tear the thin skin in those areas. My PS redid them for free, but guess what? They widened again. I give up. I guess that is just the way I heal.
Overall I am glad I had the arm lift. At first I was proud of the scars but now I don't raise my arms in short sleeves because it is obvious that people notice. In aerobics I even raise my arms in tank tops - no one is paying attention then.
the numbness still bothers me, much more than the numbness with the TT. I can't do squats with a barbell on my shoulders because the twisting motion of my arms strains the scar right above my elbows. Those are my two main bothers, but I would still do it again. I too had to buy larger shirts for the arms to fit - no longer. My arms also don't have that embarrassing wiggling that I hated.
I will always have heavier arms - this surgery didn't make them skinny, but in proportion.
As the OP said - this surgery is good for people who absolutely can't live with the appearance of their arms. Otherwise, if it is expected that they will feel normal and the scars will fade to nothing, they will be very disappointed.
I am having mini arm lift with scars only in the armpit. I wonder how that will be in healing? I am still deciding.
2007 tt in Canada 2009 lapband in Canada 2011 lipo and bbl in TJ with Dr Carmina Cardenas 2012 March revision tt, tl, al more bbl with Dr Cardenas 2012 May breast reduction Canada 2013 Removal of failed lapband 2014 Vertical sleeve with Dr Hurtado TJ
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